AOR and Melodic Rock News on 12/05/2014

TWO CROWNS UNITE ONCE AGAIN:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Beauvoir / Free for the release of a brand new album during 2015.
Beauvoir / Free sees a new cooperation between famed singer, songwriter and producer Jean Beauvoir (ex-Plasmatics, Voodoo X and collaborator of KISS, Ramones and Little Steven among others) and guitarist Micki Free (ex-Shalamar). The pair was responsible for penning the milestone debut Crown Of Thorns album which was originally signed by Interscope Records and later released independently throughout Europe and Asia in 1994.

With a tour supporting Bon Jovi and Van Halen for three months throughout all of Europe, playing to over a million people and with raving audience response. Crown of Thorns soon become one of the biggest Hard Rock bands to emerge in the second half of the 90’s. Free however had already left the band by the time in which Crown of Thorns second album was released and was replaced by Tommy Lafferty. Free and Beauvoir are now reuniting with a promise to release their most exciting collaboration ever. Beauvoir says: “I truly look forward to this reunion and collaborating with Micki once again! Stay tuned cause It will rock!!!”
The pair played Hard Rock Calling UK and 2 shows in Scandinavia during April and look forward to more shows in the coming months. Frontiers plans to release the album in early 2015.

URIAH HEEP TO RELEASE DIGITALLY THE BRAND NEW SINGLE “ONE MINUTE” TODAY:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of Uriah Heep first single “One Minute” today. The new single is available from today for download (iTunes, Amazon etc) and legal streaming (Spotify, Deezer, etc) on all digital platforms across the world! The new single is also available in a special version with German lyrics and it is called Eine Minute.
The digital single is taken from the forthcoming album entitled Outsider which is planned for release on June 6 in Europe, June 9 in the UK and June 10 in North America on Frontiers. “Outsider” is Uriah Heep’s 24th studio album which follows the success of “Into the Wild” and extensive worldwide touring.
Uriah Heep debuted in 1970 with the release of one of Hard Rock music’s milestones “Very ‘eavy… Very ‘umble” and have since sold in excess of 40 million albums worldwide. They constantly tour in the world, playing in over 56 countries and the band’s live set list features hits from the 70s and 80s, such as “The Wizard”, “Free ‘n Easy”, “Sunrise” and their monster hits “Easy Livin’”, “July Morning” and “Lady in Black”, as well as new material.
Uriah Heep play up to 125 shows a year to a total audience of 500,000 people and a full tour in support of the new release has been already announced.

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DOUG ALDRICH DEPARTS WHITESNAKE:
Guitarist Doug Aldrich has posted this statement on his departure from Whitesnake
“Well I guess news that I have left Whitesnake was leaked… I planned and hoped DC and I could release a joint statement. We will as soon as possible but everything happened so fast that we aren’t ready. Firstly, Thanks to my big bro David for such a killer run together!! So many songs, tours, projects, always inspiring and pushing each other! Mostly I was to thank the loyal WS Choir and fans around the world. You have been so amazing to me and it’s been an honor to play for you with WS.
I love you guys and I’ll see you all again. Thank you so very much for your unending support. Also, not sure how or where the info started about a Solo Career but this is not true or correct information. I have no plans at this time to go solo 🙂 
I’m just not in the Whitesnake/David Coverdale band anymore. I’ll let you guys know what I’m doing ASAP but for now please know I very much appreciate your support and will hopefully do a statement with My Brutal Brother DC shortly.
Big love for the Aldrich clan.”

REDLINE TO HEADLINE AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES THIS YEAR!:
Redline are proud to announce that they have been invited by the official IOM TT organisers to play at the prestigious Villa Marina Royal Hall on Thursday 5th June. This is the first time Redline will have played at the TT Races and are honoured to be playing their song ‘King Of The Mountain’, which has now become an anthem for the event, to all the TT fans! Redline wrote the song as a tribute to the TT Races and have been making the pilgrimage to the event themselves since 2000, so for the band this really is a dream come true!
Ticket information at: villagaiety.ticketsolve.com/shows/873514301/events?show_id%5B0%5D=873514301.


R.I.P. GRAPHIC ARTIST DIRK ILLING:
It is with deep regret and sadness that we inform all Black Majesty fans that our artist and good friend Dirk Illing, who created all art for our album covers/designs has suddenly passed away. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his immediate family and friends. We are truly saddened by this news. May he Rest In Peace. ~ Black Majesty – Melbourne, Australia. www.blackmajesty.com

R.I.P. Dirk. One talented artist.


LUKATHER TALKS TO HUFFINGTON POST:
A great new interview with Toto’s Steve Lukather online now at: www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/conversations-with-totos_b_5292767.html. A couple of highlights:

On the new album:
“We’re working on our new album, it’s really strong. We haven’t made one in ten years. Ironically through a lawsuit we go forced back into doing it, but once we got into the process we realized, “We’re going to make a really good one.” We’re making one for the band. We’re not trying to follow a trend or go all EDM or have rap guys do our stuff, we’re going to do a Toto record, our classic sound. We wrote some really good songs..”

On the growing success of the Live In Poland DVD:
“We didn’t hype this thing, but all of a sudden it came out and just took off, it was like, “What the fuck, are you kidding me?” This is fantastic for a bunch of old shits like us.”

Advice for young artists:
“Learn how to f**king play and sing. The big lie to a young person is they go into a studio and maybe they have some raw talent but it’s very rough. Maybe they’ve got a pretty face. But all of a sudden, they achieve fame and then they realize it’s the Milli Vanilli thing, they can’t really pull it off. So once you get found out, your career’s over. If you can really play and really sing and really write material, you’ll have a long career, if you’re really good and you can take punch after punch…” 

POD BRIEFS:
In episode 10 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-host Russ Dwarf of the Killer Dwarfs. The two discuss bands that have successfully and unsuccessfully changed lead singers including Skid Row, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Journey, Foreigner and more. Plus, Russ talks about whether or not he could be replaced in his band. The two are joined by Tom Gimbel and Jeff Pilson of Foreigner who discuss their singer (Kelly Hansen) as well as their upcoming The Soundtrack Of Summer tour and album with Styx and Don Felder.
Interview link: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-10_2?autoplay=1.

This week on the Double Stop Podcast, Jason Bieler explains how he got started as a guitar player, and his first big break playing in Jeff Scott Soto’s Talisman. He covers how Saigon Kick got their start, their early success with Love Is On The Wayќ (the ballad that killed hair metal), his move to lead vocalist, his unexpected success in Indonesia, Super TransAtlantic, Bieler Bros Records, the reunion with Saigon Kick, and his new project ­ Owl Stretching. thedoublestop.com/ep-14-jason-bieler-saigon-kick/

ARTIST/PRODUCER BIG SWEDE TO RELEASE ROCK SINGLE ‘ROCK STAR’:
Los Angeles, CA, May 9th, 2014 – The Swedish born producer/artist known as Big Swede is releasing his new rock single, Rock Star, on May 15, 2014. The release includes a remix and features Johnny Griparic (Slash’s Snakepit), Patrick Stone (Adler’s Appetite) andHowie Simon (Alcatrazz). “I have used these guys on a lot of tracks and now was the time to release a rock track. I have been wanting to do this for a while,” says Big Swede.
The release comes with an original version and a remix. “The original version is a straight up rocker. I was going for hi-energy with a live band feel. Then I started to chop up the guitar riff and play around with the vocals. That became the remix, which also has a halftime feel in certain sections and a short breakdown,” continues Big Swede.
Big Swede released three solo records last year, “Electronic Core District Pt.1-3” and one collaboration, “There Is Still Time”. “It was nice to do some guitar based rock as a lot of my stuff lately has been electronic, in a soundtrack vein. I like to switch between different styles and there is definitely more Big Swede rock coming soon,” continues Big Swede.
Big Swede’s credits include Mercedes Benz “Super Service” Commercial feat. Roger Federer, NCIS, The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, Alphas, 90210, Lie To Me, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Punk’d, Real World, tour introduction music for Van Halen, and drum samples for KISS and Slash. Collaborations include Reeves Gabrels (The Cure, David Bowie), Paul Ill (James Blunt, Christina Aguilera) and Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford).
Itunes Preview: itunes.apple.com/us/album/rock-star-feat.-patrick-stone/id872746841 / www.bigswedestudios.com.

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Main AOR and Melodic Rock News on 29/04/2014

JUDAS PRIEST UNLEASH TASTER FROM THEIR 17TH ALBUM, ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’:
For fans of Judas Priest that simply cannot wait for the July 15th release date of their latest classic metal album, Redeemer of Souls, there is some relief on the way. On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/album/redeemer-of-souls-single/id863086125) and other digital service providers. And a clip of the song (plus the single’s artwork) is now available to sample at the band’s website, www.judaspriest.com.
If you are wondering what to expect from the mighty Priest on their forthcoming album, guitarist Glenn Tipton has set the record straight. “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!”
There are only a select number of bands that have accomplished what Judas Priest has throughout their career (as well as having served as a stylistic influence on such a wide variety of bands). Soon the group – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis – will be offering up more classic Judas Priest metal with the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls’
For further information visit: www.judaspriest.com / www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
The simply awesome Toto Live In Poland is the # 1 DVD Amazon. Check out at: www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/movies-tv/2959141011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_mov_1_3_last.

21Octayne is the epitome of soulful, honest, ass-kicking Rock with a slight modern touch. A new name, a new band, but no unknowns here: the band consists of vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andrew “The Bullet” LLauer (Paul Gilbert) and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody). The four guys took their time and worked hard on their debut album for more than two years, ready for impact now! A video clip for the track “Dear Friend” is available now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnrqx54jGTw.

Dick Wagner joins the Decibel Geek Podcast this week to discuss the songwriting and making of Alice Cooper’s DaDa album from 1983: dbgeekshow.blogspot.com/2014/04/albums-unleashed-dada-wdick-wagner-ep.html.

Jan Le’Brandt has finished and release a music video for his latest Single “Cloud Nine”youtu.be/2Osay9Aui9U.

STYX ‘PARADISE THEATER’ ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON HYBRID SACD:
Styx fans rejoice with the release of the band’s critically aclaimed album ‘Paradise Theater’ on limited numbered Hybrid SACD by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity. Styx’s 10th album, the 1981 release, ‘Paradise Theater’ was the band’s fourth consecutive triple-platinum album. A resounding success, ‘Paradise Theater’ was their greatest commercial triumph and their only #1 album. It remains one of the best examples of the convergence between progressive rock and AOR which typified the arena rock sound of the top groups of the late-seventies and early-eighties such as Journey, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Kansas.
Styx was a great group of talented musicians – Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo. The album included three Billboard Hot 100 hits, The Best of Times, Nothing Ever Goes As Plannedќ and Too Much Time on My Handsќ considered among Tommy Shaw’s finest singles ever. Another track, Rockin’ The Paradiseќ reached #8 on the Top Rock Track Chart.
The concept album is a fictional account of Chicago’s Paradise Theatre from its opening to closing, used as a metaphor for America’s changing times from the late 1970s into the 1980s. 
TRACKS: A.D. 1928, Rockin’ the Paradise, Too Much Time on My Hands, Nothing Ever Goes As Planned, The Best of Times, Lonely People, She Cares, Snowblind, Half-Penny, Two-Penny, A.D. 1958, State Street Sadie.
Produced by Styx, Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net/content/styx-paradise-theater.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SEBASTIAN BACH, JOHN WETTON, PRETTY MAIDS AND SHAKIN’ STREET:
Rich Davenport’s Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Sebastian Bach, John Wetton (Asia), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Fabienne Shine (Shakin’ Street), and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-sebastian-bach-asia-pretty-maids-and-shakin-street-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach talks about his brand new solo album “Give ‘Em Hell”, which features an all-star cast of musicians and songwriters, including Duff McKagan (ex-Guns & Roses), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and John 5 (Rob Zombie) You’ll also hear two tracks from the new release. 
Also in part 1, Ronnie Atkins of long-running melodic Hard Rockers Pretty Maids give the low down on the band’s just-released collection of re-recorded classics and brand new songs, “Louder Than Ever”, and selects tracks from the record.
In part two, Asia frontman John Wetton discusses the band’s new album “Gravitas”, and the recruitment of new guitarist Sam Coulson. John also chooses two songs from “Gravitas”. And finally, Fabienne Shine of Shakin’ Street (also featuring Ross The Boss, ex-Manowar) talks about the band’s return to action with new album “Psychic”, and selects tracks from the new release. Plus a classic tracks and killer new cuts from Motorhead (welcome back Lemmy!), UFO, Hogjaw, 21 Guns, LRS, Deep Purple and Rose Tattoo.
You can also listen on Sunday 27th April 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 30th April 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at www.kxzr.fm.

AOR HEAVEN ANNOUNCE DEAD END HEROES AND ACACIA AVENUE FOR JUNE:
AOR Heaven have announced their 27 releases from Dead End Heroes and Acacia Avenue. Details as follows:

Dead End Heroes – Roadkill / Some bands are formed together through newspaper ads, others are the net result of a prolonged booze session at the local pub, yet the Dead End Heroes were formed by accident. A good accident! Whilst the initial discussions began around a solo album of Swiss drummer Daniel Voegeli (Me & The Rest), the project grew arms and legs and developed into an immense passion – a completely fully operational band that excelled at having fun sharing their common love of Hard Rock. After Voegeli had assembled his collection of instrumental songs he contacted exceptional Guitarist and Producer Rolf Munkes (Empire, Tony Martin, Majesty) to oversee the disc’s production. However, Munkes was so impressed by Voegeli’s drumming and initial song ideas that he encouraged him to develop a fully functioning band around the tunes and work towards completing an album. The first port of call was German vocalist and session musician Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One, Domain, Lavalle) who took Voegeli’s instrumentals under his wing and gave them new life. Through his engaging lyrics and ear candy hooks they developed into real songs with Schulz’ trademark stamp alongside Voegeli’s bedrock base.
On Schulz’s recommendation, the next member to join the fold was Scottish bassist Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse, Doogie White, David Readman, Lavalle), who had worked with him on several productions. Logue at first was hesitant to belong to any group out with his main band but succumbed after completing the recording sessions at his studio in Scotland, such was the strength of the material. Last but by no means least, to add the missing Classic Rock ingredient to the recipe was Schulz’ long-time friend and world-class Hammond Organist Holger Seeger (Midnite Club, Iain Ashley Hersey). His Hammond gave the songs the final flavour they were missing whilst a classy seventies touch and vibe.
All five members were without doubt absolutely certain that this had become more than just a studio project and the Dead End Heroes were born. Sitting musically somewhere between late seventies and early eighties hard rock with a hint of Deep Purple, a pinch of Krokus and an extra serving of classic Michael Schenker, their addictive cocktail is simply good time old-fashioned Hard Rock that packs a punch. Sometimes … it just works!

Line-up: Carsten Lizard Schulz – vocals, Rolf Munkes – guitars, Daniel Voegeli – drums, Paul Logue – bass, Holger Seeger – keyboards.
Track list: 01. Roadkill, 02. Dead End Heroes, 03. Cry For The Moon, 04. Feed The Flames, 05. The Wind Howls Fire, 06. Stormfront, 07. Hands Off The Wheel, 08. And The Loser Is, 09. Technicolor Love, 10. The Fire’s Worth The Loneliness, 11. Gambler’s Crusade.
Sound clips in advance: Cry For The Moon / Roadkill / The Wind Howls Fire.

WebLinks: www.deadendheroes.com / www.facebook.com/deadendheroes.

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Acacia Avenue – Cold / The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008. Founding member, Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A), spent most of that year writing new material. Some of this new material came to be very melodic hard rock/AOR, and the idea of doing a full album in this style quickly emerged. In order to spice things up however, Enevoldsen decided to ask a few good friends of his to participate, both as singers, but also as co-writers. The debut album featured Tony Mills (Ex-TNT, Shy), Geir Rцnning (Radioactive),Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) and Lars Sдfsund (Work Of Art) on vocals. Torben did the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as both lead and backing vocals on a few songs himself, and Thomas Heintzelmann (Decoy) did the drums. The self-entitled debut album was released on Lion Music in January 2010.
Enevoldsen continued doing various projects, but at the end of 2010, Torben was asked to join the Danish hard rock band Fate. He agreed and joined the band in January 2011. Although busy with Fate, Enevoldsen never stopped working on new material of his own. So the idea of doing another Acacia Avenue album was never far away. Torben grew up listening to bands like Boston, Journey, Toto and Survivor, so he thoroughly enjoyed writing in this very melodic and somewhat softer style.
New songs were written and the first singer to get involved was Rob Moratti (Ex-Saga, Final Frontier). Torben and Rob had met each other on MySpace, years before Rob joined Saga, and had discussed the possibility of working together. Acacia Avenue turned out to be the perfect vehicle to pursue this desire. Apart from Rob, the new album features vocal performances by Steve Newman (Newman), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell), Albin Ljungqvist, Mikael Roupй (Bamboo Brothers), Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion, Decoy) and Nicklas Sonne (Defecto).
Once again, Torben was in charge for all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) did the drums, and like last time, the majority of the recordings took place at Funny Farm Studios in Denmark, which is Torben’s own studio. The new album, entitled “Cold”, was mixed and mastered at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Enevoldsen also produced the album.

Line-up: Rob Moratti – Vocals, Steve Newman – Vocals, Albin Ljungqvist – Vocals, Mikael Roupй – Vocals, Torben Lysholm – Vocals, Peter Sundell – Vocals, Nicklas Sonne – Vocals, Torben Enevoldsen – Guitars, bass, keyboards., vocals, Lars Frandsen-Melau – piano on ”Cold”, Dennis Hansen – Drums.
Track list: 01 Time (Enevoldsen/Newman) , 02 Love Will Survive (Enevoldsen/Moratti), 03 It’s Over (Enevoldsen/Ljungqvist), 04 Out Of The Business, (Waybill/Anderson/Cotten/Prince/ Steen/Welnick/Spoon), 05 Signs Of Love (Enevoldsen/Moratti), 06 Cold (Enevoldsen/Walsh), 07 Angelina – (Enevoldsen/Newman), 08 You And I (Enevoldsen/Roupй), 09 Calling Out (Enevoldsen/Sonne), 10 How Many Nights (Enevoldsen/Lysholm), 11 Freedom From Doubt (Enevoldsen).
Sound clips in advance: Angelina / Love Will Survive / Signs Of Love.

WebLinks: www.torbenenevoldsen.com / www.facebook.com/acaciaavenuetheband / www.metalheaven.net.

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SEVEN DEBUT FIRST VIDEO:
Escape Music will release 7Seven on June 20.
The track listing is: 1-Shoot To Kill 2-Inside Love 3-Diana 4-America 5-Headlines 6-Strangers 7-Don’t Break My Heart 8-Still (Download in full – April 2014 Mystery Track) 9-Thru The Night 10- Never Too Late 11- Say Goodbye.7 is: Mick Devine – Lead Vocals / Keith Mcfarlane – guitar, Vocals / Pat Davey– Bass, Vocals / Simon Lefevre – Keyboards, Vocals / Austin “Oz” Lane – Drums.

Special guests: Lars Chriss Guitars; Mark Mangold: Keyboards; Adam Wakeman: Keyboards; Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards; Dig Digital: Keyboards; Tomas Coox: Piano and strings arrangement; Fretless Bass: Shuji Matsumoto on “Strangers”; Bass: Andy Loos.
Produced by: Lars Chriss; Mastered by: Mike Lind.

Main Hard Rock News On 24/04/2014

Sebastian Bach Debuts “All My Friends Are Dead” Video

Sebastian Bach has released a video for “All My Friends Are Dead”, from his recently released solo album ‘Give ‘Em Hell’. 

On ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), and not one but two top class guitar players in John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the line-up on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums. 

Sebastian Bach will also star in the upcoming ABC summer series ‘Sing Your Face Off’, slated to debut on Saturday, May 31st. 

‘Sing Your Face Off’ is a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as a legendary musical icon. Over the course of the series, the five celebrities — Sebastian Bach/legendary rock star from the band Skid Row, Landry Fields/NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Jon Lovitz/comedian, actor, singer, China Anne McClain/Disney Channel’s ‘A.N.T. Farm’, and Lisa Rinna/’Days of Our Lives’ — will take on the identity of an iconic music performer. The celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex. 

From the hours in the makeup chair to the days spent with choreographers and vocal coaches, each show will feature the complete transformation — not just physical — the celebrities will embody everything about the assigned icon — their walk, their talk, and their distinguishing mannerisms leading up to the live performance in front of the studio audience. Viewers will get the chance to see each of the celebrities portray multiple musical performers during the series — such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Pavarotti, Pitbull, Britney Spears, and Tina Turner to name a few. 

 

Jack Russell’s Great White Experience Spinal Tap Moment

In a scene straight out of the classic cult film ‘This Is Spinal Tap’, Jack Russell’s Great White recently played a gig in Trenton, New Jersey, with disastrous results. 

On April 19th Jack Russell’s Great White were slated to play a post game concert immediately after a Professional Indoor Football League duel between the Trenton Freedom and the Columbus Lions at the Sun National Bank Center. The evening was being billed as ’80s night, where fans were encouraged to dress up as their favorite ’80s pop or rock star in exchange for prizes. 

Obviously no one told the thousand plus football fans in attendance that there would be a concert after the game — or else the promoters completely dropped the ball — as Great White played to what appears to be an optimistic estimate of 40 people. Even by club standards the attendance was low, but the Sun National Bank Center has a capacity of 8500! To make matters worse… the Great White show was free! 

Despite the abysmal turn-out, Jack Russell appeared to be in fine form and obviously gave the extremely sparse crowd a show to remember. 

 

Head Trip Superstar Release “Love You To Death” Single/Video

Southern California based Head Trip Superstar have released a video for their new single “LOve You To Death”. The video depicts the convoluted perceptions between men and women, when it comes to love, through a fairytale-esque daydream sequence. 

“Love You To Death” capsulizes the vast emotions and adrenalized hormones associated with first falling in love yet, at the same time, reminds us that it can take a toxic turn toward self realization. Bringing this metaphorical vision to life is vocalist/guitarist Rich Varville, Jason Cooper on lead guitar, James Raub on drums, and Paule Joubran on bass. 

“Love You To Death” is available for purchase at Amazon.com and CDBaby.com

 

Kickin Valentina Unleash “Get Ready” Video

Kickin Valentina have released a video for the song “Get Ready”, from the Atlanta band’s current self-titled EP. 

“No words could describe how much potential Kickin Valentina display on this EP,” said Sleaze Roxx. “The Europeans may have a stranglehold on the cantankerous sleaze genre, but Kickin Valentina give us all hope that the scene is capable of surviving, and even thriving, in America. After hearing these five songs expectations will be extremely high for the band’s next collection of tunes.” 

Kickin Valentina was formed in the summer of 2012 by guitarist Heber Pampillon and drummer Jimmy Berdine. After meeting vocalist Joe Edwards (whose distinctive style has been described as a “diamond in the dirt”), they began writing and rehearsing, then in early 2013 recruited bassist Chris Taylor to round out the line-up. Within a few months they recorded and released their self-titled debut EP on Highway 9 Records, available for purchase at kickinvalentina.com

 

Crank County Daredevils Singer Forms The Damned Angels

Crank County Daredevils singer Scotty P has returned with a new band called The Damned Angels, and has teamed up with Sleaze Roxx to preview the track “We Like It Loud”. 

The Tennessee based band plan on releasing a series of EPs through Rusty Knuckles Records throughout 2014, with the first six song EP slated for June — details on the upcoming releases will be available at www.facebook.com/thedamnedangels

“The Damned Angels came together through me and long time friend Adam Matthews,” Scotty P tells Sleaze Roxx. “He is a bass player that has played in many bands through the years (Luxury Pushers and Pick Up The Snake to name a few) and we always talked about putting together something — but until now never could find the time. During my time with Crank County Daredevils me and Adam had a punk cover band called the Beggin’ Fiends that was strictly for shits ‘n’ giggles and free booze ‘n’ toot while I was home between tours. When, recently, the final ‘touring’ blow was handed to me via the Crank County camp I decided the time had come to try and start something new with songs that I had been working on. That’s when I saw that my bud Adam had just quit Pick Up The Snake and had a band, but was auditioning singers. I went to Knoxville, TN, met up with them and laid down demos to six songs that weekend — things went pretty fast from that. Actually, they never said I got the gig, so hopefully I’m still in!” 

“We are releasing a series of EP’s on Rusty Knuckles Records this year,” continues the singer. “With CD sales down we wanted to offer a little more candy. So the first 6 song EP will be out in June, the second EP is gonna be an acoustic taste, and then a heavier EP to cap off the year. We currently have 26 songs we are weeding through. We are just wanting to set the stage for a full-length with the different vibes we would like to achieve. All the recordings are being done by Rory Kelly, guitarist on Crank County Daredevils’ last album. I truly feel The Damned Angels are closer to the ‘southern sleaze’ sounds/look than Crank County — borrowing from bands such as Hanoi Rocks, Rock City Angels, Mother Love Bone, etc. I love the Crank County Daredevils, but like I said, that monster is more cage fighter!” 

 

Scotty P explains how The Damned Angels differ from the Crank County Daredevils, “The sounds differ by the heaviness. I feel Crank County is more of a ‘metal’ feel, even though I’m more influenced by punk styles. The Damned Angels songs were written and demoed acoustically first and then transferred to electric. They have more blues swagger and are 90% more personal ones I put together but never gave to Crank County because it was more of a party band. I tried to bring the intensity through my voice — very raw, but not as screaming as Crank County.” 

As for the Crank County Daredevils, whose last album came out in 2009, Scotty P says the band isn’t exactly dead yet. “We recorded five songs last summer and plan to just release them as singles for now. There are still talks about another album with original guitarist Adam Stevens and Rory Kelly working together, but as of now its just talk. Everyone is on good terms (finally) but time has seemed to be hard to make for each other. I truly believe that seven plus years of constant touring with no real success killed us. We lived like drug rattled gypsies out of a van for far too long — not the first band that has, and hopefully not the last! But when we started talking about recording the conservation of touring came up and no one except me and Rory were willing to tour — that was a deal breaker for me. And after three years of trying to beat a dead horse I decided it was time to start over. I feel at home again, I feel hungry again, I smell the diesel burning, and my ears are ringing.” 

Main Melodic Rock News On 22/04/2014

‘THE BEST’ FROM JOHN WAITE DUE IN MAY:
John Waite has announced a new compilation, set for release in May. Titled “The Best”, the CD/Digital will feature the following tracks: Back On My Feet Again (newly re-recorded), Isn’t It Time (newly re-recorded), Rough & Tumble, Missing You (newly re-recorded), If You Ever Get Lonely, Better Off Gone, Suicide Life, Change (live), Every Time I Think Of You (live), Head First (live), Evil (live), Saturday Night (live), Bluebird Cafй (unplugged), I’m Ready (unplugged), In Dreams, The Hard Way, Downtown, Missing You (duet with Alison Krauss).

At John’s site (www.johnwaiteworldwide.com/store) he details the thought process behind the release: “I suppose the idea for BEST came to me last December. I was in Beverly Hills just walking in the rain. There was an exhibition of the photography of Richard Avedon and I’d always been interested in his work so I thought I’d check it out, get out of the rain for a while and then get a glass of wine. I remember a huge white wall with at least 60 different photos–all figurative stuff, all different. It was a very ’60s approach. I write, play and sing music but I’m also very interested in art. I don’t really see the difference in the different mediums; literature, painting, acting, etc., it’s all expression. I saw the pictures presented that way and considered what its counterpart would be musically and BEST came out of that. I didn’t want to do the obvious thing and simply put out a “Greatest Hits” record as anyone can do that through iTunes. Just download a play list and hey, “presto.”
This collection is called BEST because it’s my best. It’s me putting together my favorite work and it’s totally subjective; I had no one to answer to but myself. It was, I have to say, great fun. I re-sang “Missing You” and “Back On My Feet Again” as the lyrics and melodies had been written literally hours or at most a day before recording the originals so long ago. I always felt I could “do” them better and bring something to them that I’d missed, update the production and make them more vital. And besides, a retrospective was a nice way of looking at my work. I wanted to connect the dots as much for myself as for anyone who might hear it.
I set about the task at hand on my return from England on New Year’s Eve. I’d been making lists over the holidays and decided to simply follow my heart. There was no way I could exclude “Bluebird Cafй” or “Suicide Life.” I also wanted to add live tracks from my great live band–Tim Hogan (bass), Kerri Kelli (guitar) and Rhondo (drummer)–and I remembered I had a steaming unreleased version of “Every Time I Think Of You” from last year that was so real it bordered on ’60s soul music. My duet with Alison Krauss on “Missing You” was important to me on a profound level as it showed my love for country, bluegrass and in fact, Alison, whilst “Rough and Tumble” was pure blues rock.”
Each copy is autographed personally by John over his actual thumbprint. Order via: www.johnwaiteworldwide.com/store.


FIREWORKS 63 OUT NOW:
Fireworks #63 heralds another step forward, now coming in perfect bound format with 100 pages every issue! We haven’t scrimped on the features either, as Glenn Hughes talks about the demise of successful supergroup Black Country Communion and how he teamed up with Jason Bonham to put together the impressive new power trio California Breed. Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach enthuses about his brand new solo album, while Asia vocalist John Wetton tells us about the band’s new album and bringing in new blood to replace Steve Howe. Magnum release another great record which Bob Catley is only too happy to talk about, and Winger explode back with a brand new album.
That’s not all, as we have Ian Anderson, Black Label Society, H.e.a.t, Daughtry, Gotthard, Patti Russo, Sonata Arctica, Vanden Plas and many, many more – 33 interviews in total! With the usual in-depth reviews of new albums, live concerts and DVDs, along with dedicated features on books and EPs, Fireworks is indispensable in helping you figure out what to spend your hard earned cash on! If that wasn’t enough, you’ll find a CD attached to the issue which contains 71 tracks in mp3 format – yes, SEVENTY THREE… along with a 22 page PDF about the bands featured, absolutely free! If you can find a better value magazine for Ј4.99, we’d love to know about it!

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INTERNATIONAL RELEASE FOR ELECTRIC GUITARS DUE MAY:
When Danish rock n’ roll band Electric Guitars released their debut album last year, it caused quite a stir in their homeland – to such an extent that it even made the news on national television. Now the album is ready for international release May 26. The two guitar virtuosos behind Electric Guitars, Soren Andersen and Mika Vandborg, had succeeded in bringing ten of the best Danish guitarists of all time on one track, called ‘Hero of Mine’. A homage to the electric guitar and some of the Danish legends who have played it. On the 10 minute long track you can listen to solos by Tim Christensen of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy for instance, Jacob Binzer of D-A-D, Billy Cross who played with Bob Dylan in the late 70s and not least Franz Beckerlee of the legendary 70s Danish rockband Gasolin’ – as well as, naturally, Andersen and Vandborg themselves.
The track is an historic event, masterminded by two of the hottest Danish guitarists, who started performing together as Electric Guitars in 2012. Their shows were such a success that the next logical step was to work on an album. The result of which included ‘Hero of Mine’, took Denmark by storm, and it’s now seeing a release in the rest of Europe and USA, followed by a tour in Germany.

Although the self-titled album by Electric Guitars is the band’s debut, these two guys are far from rookies. Soren Andersen is perhaps best known as the guitarist in White Lion (Mike Tramp’s former band) and for the five last years as the guitarist in Glenn Hughes band (former vocalist and bassist of Deep Purple). In fact, Electric Guitars were chosen as warm up band for the recent Deep Purple concert in Denmark.
Over the years, the two self-proclaimed guitar nerds, have been in countless bands, appeared on dozens upon dozens of successful albums in Denmark, with groups like Gnags and Love Shop. They have also released their own solo albums; one of such by Mika Vandborg included the former front-man from The Darkness, Justin Hawkins. Add to that Soren Andersen’s appearances with Marco Mendoza, Dave Mustaine, Billy Sheehan and Tommy Aldridge, and one can quickly see that the these two incredible guitarists have worked with their fair share of talents artists.
However, now it is time for the duos own version of straight forward, back to the roots, no nonsense classic rock with strong melodies – recorded with drummer Morten Hellborn and bassist Peter Kjшbsted. This is 4 guys, playing 12 maximum energy rock ‘n’ roll songs, with the electric guitar in the center stage… Get ready to turn up your amplifier!
WebLinks: www.electricguitars.dk / www.facebook.com/ElectricGuitarsDK / www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZXMnQ-OCNs.


ROCKNATION ISSUE 21 OUT NOW:
Rocknation Issue 21 is now available featuring exclusive interviews with Helix, Laney’s Legion, Babylon A.D., Moonshine, Scream Maker, Lance King and more! Also a Perris Records FREE CD sampler featuring 99 bands a new worlds record. Featuring new music from Helix, Babylon A.D., Moonshine, Scream Maker, Humbucker, Tiles, Lance King, Scelerata, Spheric Universe Experience, Warnot also featuring music from current and former members of Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Megadeth, Foreigner, Vince Neil, Skid Row, Testament, Dangerous Toys, Dirty Looks, Wasp, Slash’s Snakepit, Warrant, Ratt, LA Guns and more.
CD Samplers are available in 100 CD Stores nationwide, stores are listed in this Issue on page 23. (CD Samplers are limited in quantity) CD sampler is also available for a FREE download at: www.rocknation.us and www.perrisrecords.com / www.rocknation.us/issue21.

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TSO’S TOMMY FARESE TO PRODUCE NEW PROG-ROCK ALBUM:
Founding Trans-Siberian Orchestra member Tommy Farese to produce new album by prog-rockers Wizards of Winter. Tour to include both Farese and Tony Gaynor.
Wizards of Winter, known for their high energy and classically-infused-rock concerts, are excited to announce that they are in the midst of recording the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed Tales Beneath a Northern Star album. To help bring this new epic project to life, the band enlisted legendary vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Farese to produce the album. Tommy also has plans to lend his voice to a song or two to the recording. 
Known throughout North America for his long and storied connection to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Farese helped found that act and served as lead vocalist and guitarist for their first 13 tours. In addition to fronting the act for over a decade, Farese also starred in TSO’s TV movie “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”, playing the role of the runaway’s father.

After touring with The Wizards of Winter as a special guest this past winter, Farese says “I’m excited to work with this great group of musicians again. Producing is one of my favorite things to do. They asked me on board to produce and sing a song or two and it was an instant ‘yes’.”
Though full tour details have not yet been announced, both Farese and founding TSO narrator Tony Gaynor – both of whom guested with the Wizards last year – will join the band once again for their 2014 Winter Tour. Says Gaynor: “2014 is proving to be a very rewarding year for me, after the last few years of nothing but pure survival. With so much on my plate already this year, I was honored to be asked by the Wizards to join their 2014 tour at the end of the year. I had such a wonderful time this past year touring with this group of talented musicians, who do it strictly for the love it. There is no better feeling for an artist, then being at the beginning of a project, and watching it grow. They have opened their hearts to me and always made me feel welcomed. I am looking forward to raising the bar even higher on my abilities and bringing some new and exciting energy and showmanship to the table. I’m getting older, but thank God I’m getting better!”

“The Wizards are extremely honored to have Tommy and Tony accept our offers to  join us on tour again this year.” stated Scott Kelly, leader of The Wizards of Winter. “As Tony states, when we first came together with these talented gentlemen last year, it just felt right. We worked together as if we had been old friends for many years.  The overwhelmingly positive response we received from the fans was validation that we had a good thing going here. I am excited for the chance to get to do it again for a larger and broader audience. In our view, having Tommy assist us on the production of the album seemed to be a natural extension of this joint success. He has such a great ear and is such a stickler for detail that I know his input will help us deliver a better end product. All of us are very happy that he graciously accepted our offer to be our producer”
For more information: www.thewizardsofwinter.com.

SKID ROW ‘UNITED WORLD REBELLION – PART 2’ EP OUT AUGUST 5:
April 14, 2014 — Skid RowJohnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Snake Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums)­will be a long way from home throughout the summer. First, the band is teaming up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the west coast, which starts May 8 in Tucson, AZ at the Rialto Theatre. Once that concludes on May 16, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S., including a stop at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 17 and an appearance at this year’s Rocklahoma festival on May 23 in Pryor, OK. They’ll then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14. Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, Skid Row will head to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they’ve been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31.

All of this touring is getting their loyal fans ready for the highly anticipated new seven-song EP, United World Rebellion ­ Part 2, set for release August 5 via Megaforce Records. After a hiatus that started in 1996, Skid Row returned to the big stage­literally–opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves. “When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan“We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of something better to do.”

2003’s Thickskin and 2006’s Revolutions Per Minute were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones. United World Rebellion ­ Part 2 is Skid Row coming out swinging. Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band. Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge. “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity. It’s us against the world again–and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the Skid Row torch without fail.”

New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it’s a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.”
That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake. “The pressure seemed to be lifted. That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.”
Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability. “The third time in the studio as the voice of Skid Row was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks. United World Rebellion ­ Part 2 is the most meaningful work I’ve done with the band. It’s definitely the most I’ve been challenged, vocally.”
That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but Skid Row never really grew up. United World Rebellion ­ Part 2 is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline.

Check out Skid Row at any of the following stops:
With Black Star Riders:
Thu 5/8 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Fri 5/9 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Sat 5/10 Corona, CA M15
Mon 5/12 Sacramento, CA Harlows
Tue 5/13 San Francisco, CA DNA
Thu 5/15 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 5/16 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House

Headlining:
Sat 5/17 Los Angeles, CA The Whisky
Sun 5/18 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Tue 5/20 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Wed 5/21 Abilene, TX Lucky Mule
Fri 5/23 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Sat 5/24 Dallas, TX Trees
Sun 5/25 Lubbock, TX Big Purple Festival
Wed 7/9 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
Thu 7/10 Cleveland, OH Agora
Fri 7/11 Newport, KY Thompson House
Sat 7/12 Arlington Heights, IL Home Bar
Sun 7/13 Watseka, IL Watseka Theater
Thu 7/17 Peoria. IL Illinois State Fair
Fri 7/18 Turtle Lake, WI St. Croix Casino
Sat 7/19 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA
Sun 7/20 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
Fri 7/25 Duncannon, PA Tubby’s
WebLinks: www.skidrow.com / www.facebook.com/OfficialSkidRow.


INTRODUCING DEBUT ALBUM FROM SATIN:
Satin has finished the long awaited debut album simply titled ‘Satin’. Comprised of 10 melodic feel-good rock songs written and produced by Satin himself. This album has a total listening time of approximately 44 minutes. Being an 80’s child, both music and production will naturally reveal some elements from the 80’s, blended tastefully with a full modern sound. The album was mastered in New York by Grammy Award Winning senior mastering-engineer Tom Coyne (Adele, U2, Def Leppard, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Pink, Beyoncй, Bee Gees).
The lyrical content on this album touches on subjects like choices, strength, life and love. Great vocal performances and melodic guitar work further enhances the already strong melodies. It starts off with the big and very catchy “Fire The Shot”. The emotional impact caused by the beautiful ballade “Don’t Know The Words” is immense. Satin tells all in the epic rocker “I’ve Been Crazy” and shares his point of view in “Life Will Never Slow Down”.
Satin has been a part of various projects over the years which has not just given him a great deal of experience and important lessons, but also earned him a Norwegian Grammy in 2013. Satin has delivered an amazing debut album so be sure to give it a well-deserved listen.

Tracklisting: 01. Fire The Shot 02. Don’t Know The Words 03. I’ve Been Crazy 04. Life Will Never Slow Down 05. I Want Us 06. Friends 07. Some People Call It Love 08. Leave It Be 09. Part Of It 10. I Don’t Need Anybody.
WebLink: www.verummusic.com.


THE ANGELS PLAN 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR AND RELEASES:
Aussie rock legends The Angels are planning to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a twin-Best Of release – 4CDs and 80 tracks of the band at their best – www.theangels40thanniversary.com.au:

After morphing from The Moonshine Jug & String Band in 1974 the group embarked on a new path under the name The Keystone Angels. In a decision that would change the face of Australian music forever they were signed to Alberts Music from a meeting with legendary producers Vanda & Young. Stripping their name back to simply The Angels the band started a recording career that spawned dozens of studio releases with enormous radio and chart success. The Greatest ‘Studio’ Hits release brings forward 40 of the band’s best album recordings. Each and every track has been carefully chosen to reward listeners with a valuable insight into the unarguable influence The Angels music has exercised over the course of this country’s modern rock history.

Since 1974 The Angels have wowed audiences at pubs, clubs, festivals and concerts with their high energy brand of Australian rock riffs. The band’s sound has become legendary across the country. Their unique approach to pumping up an audience is synonymous with rocking out while holding a drink in your hand after a hard day’s work. There are few, if any, groups in the world who can hold up an ongoing reputation for live performances like the status achieved by The Angels over the course of their constant and relentless evolution. The Greatest ‘Live’ Hits album contains a special selection of 40 recordings from gigs across their career and who knows… maybe you were there!

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AUSTRALIAN GUITAR HERO JOE MATERA TO HIT THE EUROPEAN ROAD IN MAY:
Following on from his critically acclaimed 2012 album, ‘Creature Of Habit’, guitar hero Joe Matera released a new set, ‘Terra Firma’, via W.A.R Productions, in Europe in January, 2014. The Australian musician will be heavily promoting the album in May, 2014 during The ‘Terra Firma’ Europe 2014 Tour which will include shows in Austria, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. The tour kicks off in Linz, Austria on May 2nd where Joe will headline The Akustik Festival 2. The German band Seeking Raven will perform as support act on several dates.
Joe of course is very excited about his upcoming tour: “I am looking forward to promote ‘Terra Firma’ on stages in Europe. Can’t wait to perform live for the first time ever to all my fans and new audiences in Poland, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. It’s going to be rock ‘n’ roll!”
‘Terra Firma’ – Joe’s second full-length studio album – features nine new songs built from a tumultuous year for Joe, in which he has enjoyed tremendous international success with his album ‘Creature Of Habit’, the accompanying single, ‘Fallen Angel’ and his first European Tour in September, 2012 as well as having to face a double family tragedy. The roots of ‘Terra Firma’ stretch from this highly emotional period and the resultant song-writing display greater depth, maturity and emotive resonance than his previous work. Joe – whose reputation is principally as a creator of guitar driven instrumentals – has also responded to calls from his fans to add more vocals in the wake of ‘Fallen Angel’ and two new songs on the collection, ‘Shining Star’ and ‘Tell Me Why’ feature his voice and new lyrical twists.
‘Shining Star’ is the lead-off single and two versions of the song are found on the album. The ‘single’ version is a no-holds-barred full band rock attack that features a guest appearance from The Sweet’s Pete Lincoln, on bass. In addition, there is a relaxed ‘acoustic’ version also featuring Lincoln alongside another of Joe’s great friends, Smokie’s Martin Bullard on keyboards.
You can check out the video for ‘Shining Star’ here: youtu.be/TJIhOoqf1n8.

‘Terra Firma’ European 2014 Tour:
02 May – Akustik Festival 2, Elia Solar City – Linz, Austria (acoustic)*
04 May – Club Prague Hard Rock Cafй – Prague, Czech Republic
07 May – Mein Haus am See – Berlin, Germany
09 May – Klub U Bulka Lub Plener – Sulecin, Poland
10 May – Bulwar Pub – Sport & Music – Gorzуw Wlkp, Poland
12 May – Pooca Circus – Hamburg, Germany
16 May – Cafй De Dwaas – Sittard, Netherlands (acoustic)*
17 May – Muziekcafe De Meister, – Geleen, Netherlands*
18 May – Muziekcafe Rinie & Nico – Venlo-Blerick, Netherlands*
* supported by Seeking Raven
Websites: www.joematera.com / www.facebook.com/joe.matera.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
German Powerprog Records offers Passage To The Other Side as a free advance download single for the upcoming 2nd Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord album Gates Of Valhalla! You can check out and download the track over here:www.powerprog.net/free_singles_eps_crylord_passage_to_the_other_side.html. The album features Carsten Schulz, Goran Edman, Mark Boals (both Malmsteen) and Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance).

This week on The Double Stop guitarist Ronny Jones shares his story. Ronny was in the band Mac Meda with Robin Crosby (Ratt) and Rob Lamothe (Riverdogs) and two of their songs (I’m Insane and Scene of the Crime) appeared on Ratt’s smash album “Out Of The Cellar”ќ. Ronny and Rob were co-writers of the tracks, but never given credits on the album. Ronny explains the lawsuit that followed, as well his next band, Black Bambi, which had their debut album produced by Beau Hill, but never release due to politics at Atlantic Records. Very different than any of my past episodes, but it is a pretty important story of the dark side of the 80’s music biz. thedoublestop.com/ep-11-ronny-jones-mac-meda-black-bambi-cocoa-blue

MetalSymphony.com has uploaded photos of Gotthard’s April 11, 2014 concert at Volkshaus (Zurich ­ Switzerland). Check them out at this location: www.metalsymphony.com/?p=18241#pg
Gotthard’s setlist was as follows: Bang!, Get Up N’ Move on, Feel What I Feel, Hush, Right On, Remember It’s Me, C’est La Vie, Heaven, Spread Your Wings, Mountain Mama, Jump The Gun, My Belief, Sister Moon, Lift U’ Up, Anytime Anywhere, One Life, One Soul, Starlight, Top Of The World, Mighty Quinn.

UK rockers Fahran are set to release their second studio album in mid-May 2014, entitled ‘Chasing Hours’. The band joined forces with ex-Serpentine vocalist Matt Black in late 2013 and have been working hard in the studio whilst still keeping up a good live presence. After the well-received ‘Take This City Alive’ video showcasing the new line up, Fahran have now released a second music video to promote the upcoming album.
Fahran – I Heard A Joke Once www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzi_lVROT0o / www.fahran.com.

New Video from Julie and Hydrogyn from the “Break The Chains” EP from Rapid Fire Entertainment. Julie – Vocals/Guitar; Jeff Westlake – Guitar; John Cardilino – Drums; Mark Carlisle – Bass / www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uQKghD6gT8.

Michael Sweet of Stryper will be the very special guest on this week’s episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) broadcasting this Friday 1-3PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) The in-depth interview covers everything from Michael’s autobiography, to new solo CD, live Stryper DVD, upcoming project with George Lynch and much more! Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com where you can also find additional air-times and affiliates.

AUSSIE ROCKERS MYSTERY SUBJECT OF FEATURE DOCO:
The most emerging Hard Rock band to come out of Australia to astound International audiences in recent years continue dominate with the announcement of the completion of a feature film. Mystery will for the very first time unveil the feature film Mystery: Born To Rockon April 24 in a red carpet style gala concert where they will perform a full Rock concert after which they will host the launch and premiere of the movie on the giant screen at The Astor Theatre. The prestigious venue is famous for red carpet events and historical concerts by bands like Inxs, Iggy Pop, UB40, Men At Work, Midnight Oil and many more. The concert will be performed on an elevated stage which will allow perfect viewing for all patrons whether they choose to stand in the pit during the concert or to be seated. The historical venue boasts amazing acoustics and a luxurious cinema setting with a huge screen for superior picture quality. The event will take place in the bands hometown of Melbourne, Australia on April 24 (Anzac Day Eve). Doors will open at 7pm and showtime is at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at: www.trybooking.com/EDPV or at The Astor Box Office.
Please check this short 40 second trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2yAtTf0Nh4.

Stop Press – Hard Rocking It To Cannes: After the screening, the movie will head to France for the International premiere at the world’s biggest and most important film festival where It will screen at the official Cannes Film Festival on May 16 at 6pm in Palais E as part of the official Marche Du Film Line-up. Frontman Rocky Ravic will be a special guest at the festival screening at the world’s most famous red carpet. Mystery: Born To Rock will be delivering Hard Rock to the Palais movie screen.
Mystery: Born To Rock (The Movie): Strap on your belts and embark on a wild 85 minute adventure of Rock n’ Roll proportions with the youngest Rock band to ever tour the world. Join them on stage, behind the scenes and in their dreams in a journey like no other. Mystery: Born To Rock is a story loosely inspired by real life events. From the turbulent streets of the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia emerges a story of hope as four young boys conquer the odds and live the dream. From the land of AC/DC, a new chapter in Rock history is born and Mystery are taking the world by storm. The movie features all of the songs from the new album by Mystery called ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ which will also soon be available.

In Touring News: The band will then head to the United States for the beginning of their third world tour in as many years where they will return to Rocklahoma for the second year running and perform on May 25 with the likes of Kid Rock, Twisted Sister and Skid Row amongst other big names. The band will also return to Europe where they will perform at the BasinFireFest on June 29 in the Czech Republic in addition to other festivals and headliner shows during the European Summer. They will also return to Japan later in the year.
The facts and attachments added to this email have a brief rundown of Mystery’s impressive list of activities over the last few years. Please also take a few minutes of your time to check this New promo video: Taking The World By Storm 2013 Report:www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MXbI4YHjmI.

RON KEEL PERMIT TIME PERFORMANCE AT BUNDY RANCH:
Ron Keel is Proud to Announce a Prime Time Headline Performance at the Bundy Ranch Patriot Party Friday April 18.
Most Americans – and many around the world – are familiar with the controversial situation surrounding the Cliven Bundy family in Nevada and their recent and ongoing confrontation with the U.S. government in regard to ‘grazing rights’ and the paramilitary invasion of Mr. Bundy’s land which extends to the desecration of that land, the confiscation of his cattle, and the violations of his family’s constitutional rights. “As an American, as a patriot, as a citizen of the state of Nevada, and as a business owner I strongly support Cliven Bundy, his family, and what they’re fighting for,” proclaims Ron Keel. “It’s the ranchers, the farmers, the truckers, the construction workers, those men and women on the assembly line – it’s the working class that keeps this country strong, and we have to either stand together or fall forever. I’m honored to be asked to sing at the Bundy ranch for this event and I intend to sing my songs, speak my mind, and eat some Bundy beef – thanks to Mr. Cliven Bundy and his family for inviting me to participate in this historic occasion.”ќ ~Ron Keel.
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JACK RUSSELL’S QUESTIONABLE GIG BOOKING RESULTS IN ALMOST EMPTY GIG:
Worst gig ever. And I don’t mean the performance – Jack Russell sounds like he is in pretty good vocal form here, but whoever booked him this gig needs to be fired. Now. Here is a clip of Jack Russell’s Great White performing at the Sun Bank National Center in Trenton, NJ on 4/19/14 to an empty arena… The Trenton Freedom are an indoor football team in its first year and apparently haven’t really been advertising and this show was scheduled after the football game. Check it out:

HEAVEN & EARTH ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS:
Heaven & Earth are pleased to announce two new members into the fold. The first is seasoned bass player/vocalist Lynn Sorensen from Paul Rodgers/Bad Company. The second is one of Australia’s premier drummers, Jackie Barnes, son of Australian singing legend Jimmy Barnes. Say’s singer Joe Retta“I’m excited to announce and welcome two new members to Heaven & Earth. Lynn and Jackie are right out of the Rock n Roll mould and a perfect fit for this band. Both with a classic and authentic R&R feel that round out our sound like a cement bubble. These two multi instrumentalists are also fine singers too and that’s a “hell yeah”ќ from me.”
Lynn Sorensen has been Paul Rodgers long time bass player and backing vocalist for over 10 years and moved over to Bad Company with Paul when he reformed Bad Company in 2008. 
Lynn Sorensen stated: “As a long-time fan of Heaven And Earth it is an honor to have the opportunity to play with them. The Dig album simply blows my mind.”

Jackie Barnes graduated from Berklee with a Bachelor of Music in 2010 and has played on over 50 international releases including 5 DVDs and has worked with artists such as Cold Chisel, Keith Urban, Joe Bonamassa, Journey, Steve Morse, Bob Daisley, The Ten Tenors, Diesel, Andrew Roachford, Mahalia Barnes, EJ Barnes, Evil J + Saint Cecilia, The Madden Brothers, Mica Paris, Glenn Hughes, Reece Mastin, Moussa Diakit and Steve Van Zandt.
Say’s Jackie: “I am extremely excited to be the new drummer for Heaven and Earth. As soon as I heard the music I knew this was a project I wanted to be a part of, and I am excited to work with the rest of the guys to make this band even better. I also look forward to performing in front of new audiences and meeting new fans across the globe.”
The band enter rehearsals next month to prepare for their European tour starting at the Birmingham O2 Academy in the U.K. on June 26th
WebLinks: www.heavenandearthband.com / www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth / jackiebarnes.com.au / www.lynnsorensen.com.

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Skid Row Gear Up For ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’

Skid Row will be a long way from home throughout the summer. First, the band is teaming up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the west coast, which starts on May 8th in Tucson, Arizona. Once that concludes on May 16th, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S. and then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14th. Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, Skid Row will head to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they’ve been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31st. 

All of this touring is getting their loyal fans ready for the highly anticipated new seven song EP ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’, set for release on August 5th via Megaforce Records. 

After a hiatus that started in 1996, Skid Row returned to the big stage — literally — opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves. 

“When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of something better to do.” 

2003’s ‘Thickskin’ and 2006’s ‘Revolutions Per Minute’ were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones. ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’ is Skid Row coming out swinging. Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band. Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge. “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity. It’s us against the world again — and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the Skid Row torch without fail.” 

New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it’s a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.” 

That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake. “The pressure seemed to be lifted. That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.” 

Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability. “The third time in the studio as the voice of Skid Row was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks. ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’ is the most meaningful work I’ve done with the band. It’s definitely the most I’ve been challenged, vocally.” 

That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but Skid Row never really grew up. ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’ is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline. 

Check out Skid Row at any of the following stops:
With Black Star Riders:
5/8 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
5/9 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
5/10 Corona, CA – M15
5/12 Sacramento, CA – Harlows
5/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA
5/15 Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
5/16 San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
Headlining:
5/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
5/18 Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
5/20 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
5/21 Abilene, TX – Lucky Mule
5/23 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/24 Dallas, TX – Trees
5/25 Lubbock, TX – Big Purple Festival
7/9 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
7/10 Cleveland, OH – Agora
7/11 Newport, KY – Thompson House
7/12 Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
7/13 Watseka, IL – Watseka Theater
7/17 Peoria. IL – Illinois State Fair
7/18 Turtle Lake, WI – St. Croix Casino
7/19 Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
7/20 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
7/25 Duncannon, PA – Tubby’s 

Sebastian Bach Blasts Skid Row For Not Reuniting To Celebrate Debut

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Sebastian Bach, estranged from Skid Row since 1999, is apparently unhappy that a reunion with his old band isn’t in the works to recognize the 25th anniversary of their self-titled 1989 debut album.

“I would love to do something to celebrate it,” Bach tells Yahoo Music, “and my former bandmates are like, ‘Nah, we’re playing a bowling alley. We’re happy. We don’t care.’”

Both camps have long since moved, with Johnny Solinger filling Bach’s old frontman spot for Skid Row for the last 15 years. They’ve consistently refused to appear with Bach on stage, or even to reissue expanded versions of their recordings together. Co-founding bassist Rachel Bolan, talking to Spotlight Report just this month, called reunion questions “a waste of time.”

Meanwhile, Bach is preparing his third solo project, ‘Give ‘Em Hell.’ Due on April 22, the project features Duff McKagan (Guns N’ RosesVelvet Revolver) Steve Stevens (Billy IdolThe Cult) and John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson). “I don’t see how a fan could dig (Skid Row’s 1991 album) ‘Slave to the Grind,’ he says, “and not like the album I’ve just made.”

Still, Bach wonders about his ex-bandmates’ motives in not revisiting a turn-of-the-1990s period that saw Skid Row sell some seven million albums in the U.S. alone. “There’s a lot of unreleased material sitting around collecting dust,” Bach says. “The fans would love it, but I guess my band is allergic to cash. They’re happy not being big. It’s such an insult to the millions of people who dug our albums. It’s like saying, ‘We were just joking [back then]. Happy anniversary!’”

Iconic Rock Vocalist Sebastian Bach’s New Album Set For April Release Via Frontiers Records

Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach’s forthcoming album Give ‘Em Hell has just been confirmed for an release via label home Frontiers Records on April 18 in Europe and April 22 in North America. Give ‘Em Hell is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the critically-acclaimedKicking & Screaming. To access cover art for Give ‘Em Hell, please click here and see below for the full album track listing. Give ‘Em Hell can be pre-ordered on iTunes and on Amazon using below link. Fans who pre-order from iTunes will be able to get the first taste of new music as the pre-order includes an instant download of the song “Hell Inside My Head”, a classic loud and heavy rocker from Bach.

Of the new album, Sebastian Bach enthused, “I could not be more proud of the new CD, Give ‘Em Hell. As a rock music fan myself, I listen to it every single day. As a musician, I honestly feel like I have reached a new level of album recording. As an audiophile, I could not be more blown away by the sound! The production and mastering sound so good that it’s perfect to show off your high-end stereo system. Ever since my first record Skid Row on through Slave To The Grind up to Kicking & Screaming and Angel Down, I have always been concerned, first and foremost, with making quality records for my fans. And I can honestly say that Give ‘Em Hell meets or even exceeds the standards set by some of the records I have put out in the past. I can’t wait for you all to hear this record! Let’s Give ‘Em Hell in 2014 Mother Truckers!” 

Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), Give ‘Em Hell features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the line-up on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.

Sebastian Bach Give ‘Em Hell track listing: 1. Hell Inside My Head 2. Harmony 3. All My Friends Are Dead 4. Temptation 5. Push Away 6. Dominator 7. Had Enough 8. Gun To A Knife Fight 9. Rock N’ Roll Is A Vicious Game 10. Taking Back Tomorrow 11. Disengaged 12. Forget You.

Bach on the web: www.sebastianbach.com / www.facebook.com/sebastianbach / www.twitter.com/sebastianbach.